November 17, 2010

Not Too Formal, Not Too Casual

A Thanksgiving Table

Our family Thanksgiving dinners are more and more casual these days.
Jeans and a collared shirt pass for acceptable attire.
Still, I like to set a nice table. So the challenge becomes one of emphasis - not too formal, but not too casual.

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Traditional Thanksgiving dishes (turkey, stuffing, yams, etc.) will line the built-in buffet.
After the youngsters are settled and served, everyone is in charge of his own plate.


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Tom Turkey, flanked by two lanterns, is making his Thanksgiving debut.
He sits atop a small glass cake plate surrounded by an orange and yellow pip berry garland.
Alternating solid and checkered napkins are placed in the center of each dinner plate.

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A variety of nuts and a few mini pumpkins are scattered lengthwise down the table.

Pumpkin salt and pepper shakers sit at either end of the table.
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Two special details (One is a little surprise.) can be found at each place setting. Both came straight from The Craftberry Bush, a marvelously creative and crafty site full of all sorts of goodies.

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Along with a single fall leaf tied around each pumpkin or squash, is a whole walnut shell containing a small slip of paper, much like those found inside fortune cookies.



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On each slip is a bit of Thanksgiving Trivia. (Did you know a full grown turkey can have up to 3,500 feathers?)
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Prior to eating, guests crack open their Thankful Walnuts and read aloud what is written on the slips. Instructions for making Thankful Walnuts, along with more ideas about what to include on the secret slips, can be found on this page of The Craftberry Bush.


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Place card holders are made from four short twig branches. Just a dab of hot glue and they're ready. Craftberry Bush instructions are found here
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The wine and water glass arrangement is opposite of traditional stemware positions. The grouping looks more pleasing with the taller goblet to the left.
Though they appear to be a linen weave, the placemats are a wipe-clean vinyl.


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Dinner plates: Heathware Pottery, Sandalwood, coupe design
Placemats: WalMart
Salt and Peppers: Hallmark
Woven chargers: eBay
Tablecloth: Painter's Tarp, Lowe's
Wine Goblets: Certified International, Olive Green, Amazon.com
Sterling: Reed and Barton, Burgundy
Water Goblets: Dollar Tree
Lanterns: Pottery Barn, Malta Lantern
Turkey, Tai Pan Trading Company

28 comments:

  1. Great decor! Love the colors you have used!

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  2. Your tablescape is beautiful. I love the idea that you elevated your turkey. I love shopping at Tai Pan. The placecard holders are so clever. What a nice counter to serve from. Looks like you are all ready for the big day. Blessings to you.

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  3. Wow! You are more than ready for Thanksgiving! It would be nice to be at your table. I am a bit behind...but getting great ideas here. Thank You

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  4. Denise, are you AKA "OA"? I am just recognizing your dining room (remembering the lovely striped wall) and then saw you signed your posts "Denise". I didn't know you had a blog (course, I've been MIA from Holidays for so long now - just can't keep up with everything!) In any case, I love your Thanksgiving table! Those black lanterns are gorgeous and that turkey as the centerpiece is perfect! The green of your placemats is a great colour choice. I'm so happy to have stumbled across your blog, it looks wonderful! Congrats on starting it! (Fun, eh?)

    DD

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  5. Hi Denise,
    Love your pretty table. You have so many clever ideas that you employed, and like the way you did the napkins on the plates with the goards or pumpkins on top. Very nice centerpc. as well.
    Enjoyed my visit,
    blessings, Nellie

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  6. Hello Denise,
    this is a very creative decorated table and I love it. It is such a nice idea to prepare those walnuts! And I love Tom Turkey on his throne. Wonderful table. I think, all your guests will be pleased with it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  7. Beautiful Thanksgiving table!

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  8. Great table with lots of terrific ideas. I'm setting 4 tables for 25 this year, so I need help! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  9. Beautiful table! Absolutely gorgeous! Love all the special things you have done. The built in buffet is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a pretty table! I love the special touches at each placesetting, and I seriously covet your wonderful built-in buffet! Great ideas here!

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  11. You did it just right - special but not too fussy. I love the special touches that you added. They really make for a pretty table.

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  12. This is beautiful! I love your turkey centerpiece, the pumpkins nestled on the napkin along with the surprise walnut. Fun & cute. Those place card holders I have to try and make. Save $$ and it's rustic.

    Thanks for the visit to my blog. So much appreciated.

    Elisabeth

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  13. This is such a great table, and it's full of all kinds of wonderful ideas! I love those little twig place cards and the walnuts with the Thanksgiving trivia. I would never have thought of either one. The whole table is really lovely and very much my taste. That centerpiece is WONDERFUL. It's official: I must get a table turkey of my own.

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  14. Beautiful table...the centerpiece is stunning!

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  15. Awe sweet Denise, everything looks lovely!
    I love the thanksgiving trivia. Thanks so much
    For linking back. The table looks so inviting, what time
    Is dinner at?
    Talk to you very soon! Xo
    Lucy

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  16. How wonderful to have a built-in buffet! So many fun elements, I'm a big fan of lanterns! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving :-)

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  17. The table looks lovely. I decided long ago that, within reason, I don't care what guests wear to my table...it's still fun to bring out the crystal and silver! I think that we must be birds of a feather on that question. I love the walnuts...a superb ice breaker. I need to go dig out my hot glue gun and give those tiny easels a try. Darling idea! Thank you for sharing your charming ideas and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

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  18. The table looks fantastic! I love the way you have brought in many fall colors and used so many creative ideas. I will have to make the walnuts and take them with me to my dinner...I just love that idea. Also the twig placecard holders are so clever. Nice to be prepared well ahead of the special day...hope you and yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving day.

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  19. VERY nice! I really like the idea of the Thankful Walnut!!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  20. Such a beautiful table. I love that you have made the casual/formal idea work so amazingly. I like the Idea of the walnuts. Love the tarp from Lowes.
    Everything is so clever. I am your newest follower. I am new also, I just started last month then went away for three weeks. Just trying to get back up to speed. I will check out all your post in the next couple of days. Thank you for stopping by. Please look at my Thanksgiving table post, I think you will see lots of familiar things. See you soon, Ginger

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  21. Very pretty table! Love the turkey especially! Thanks for visiting me! Love ~Nana~

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  22. So, so very pretty! I love all the creative touches to this table. I can tell you are "my kind of person"! Love what I see on your blog. I just signed up to follow you. Come see me sometime, too! :)

    Donna

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  23. Hi lovely lady, I love your Thanksgiving Day Tablescapes so Beautiful in this lovely room. You like the same thinks I like~~~~Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescapes for Thanksgiving~~ I hope you have a Happy Hoilday ~~~`

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  24. What a lovely blog you have. I adore the mirror behind your gorgeous table. All the textures and colors are beautiful. What a talent you have. I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  25. Not too casual, not too formal, just perfect! Gorgeous table full of thoughtful details. I envy you your long table and built in buffet. Both look like a wonderful way to dine. I'm greatly admiring your Tom Turkey. I sure wish Tai Pan Trading would open here. I often see wonderful things that have been purchased from this store. The Craftberry Bush is full of great ideas. I had already made note of the twig place card holder, but the Thankful Walnuts are new to me. Cute idea!
    Thank you for sharing all the details of this wonderful Thanksgiving table. ~ Sarah

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  26. What a beautiful table. You have a real knack for the rich, detailed centerpiece. That turkey is wonderful, I will have to look up Tai Pan trading. Good Luck with the blog.

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  27. I know I am late getting around! Your table is beautiful! As you said, just right!

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  28. Had to go back for a second look! You did such a lovely job on this!

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